SPEECH BY MR LAM YI YOUNG, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, MARITIME AND PORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE FOR THE MARITIME YOUTH DAY 2010 DINNER WITH NCC ON 1 DECEMBER 2010 AT RAFFLES MARINA, 6.40PM

02 December 2010

Dr Dave Chong, Cluster Director, Singapore Polytechnic,
Mr Roland Tan, Director, Singapore Maritime Academy,
LTC Adrian Koh, Commandant, National Cadet Corps,

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good evening to all of you.

I am happy to be here this evening as part of the Maritime Youth Day 2010. I see many happy faces in the crowd and I am glad that everyone is enjoying themselves.

I hope you had an enjoyable time at Pulau Hantu. I would to like to congratulate the NCC cadets on the successful completion of the vigorous outdoor adventure activities today. I hope you have learnt much from the tour of the Singapore Maritime Academy as well.

The Singapore Maritime Academy, the Singapore Maritime Foundation and the National Cadet Corps have put a lot of effort into planning this fun and exciting programme for you and I hope you have enjoyed yourself. Through this maritime immersion programme, we hope to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the Singapore maritime industry, as well as the education and career prospects offered by the maritime industry.

A maritime education will equip young people like yourself, with the relevant knowledge and skills to have a fulfilling career in the maritime sector. The maritime industry offers an exciting array of job opportunities and maritime graduates are in demand around the world. Seafarers, ship brokers, maritime engineers and naval architects are some of the many career options available in the maritime industry. A career in the maritime industry is also not limited to going out to sea as a seafarer as there are ample shore-based career opportunities that are available to experienced ship captains and marine engineers.

Singapore is internationally renowned as one of the world's top ports and Maritime Singapore hosts more than 5,000 maritime companies from across the world. We are also well-connected to more than 600 ports in 120 countries, with our maritime industry employing more than 150,000 people in Singapore. This ensures our maritime employees are exposed to an international industry with partners in the region and around the world.

With the rise of China and India, Asia's prominence in the global market is set to grow. An increasing number of maritime companies are establishing their regional offices in Singapore to take advantage of the boom in the Asia's maritime sector. These companies will add to the demand for young talents and experienced maritime professionals, which will boost the vibrancy of Maritime Singapore.

With a positive attitude, a keen interest to learn and a strong passion for the maritime sector, I can assure you that you will have a bright career in this industry. The industry is a vibrant industry that offers exciting challenges and diverse career prospects for various people and it is an industry that will remain relevant for a long time because of its important contribution to global trade.

We hope that the Maritime Youth Day will leave a lasting impression on you and we hope to welcome you to the maritime family in the future.

Thank you and I hope you enjoy the rest of your night.